Mission of the Organization
…to acquire, preserve, restore, maintain, display and demonstrate the Harvard aircraft and other aircraft associated with the Royal Canadian Air Force. The Harvard flies today as a symbol and reminder of all who served to preserve our freedom, and as a living memorial to those who made the supreme sacrifice.
CHAA was born in 1985 at a small grass airstrip in Woodstock Ontario, from the dreams of a handful of Harvard lovers who were determined to keep the legend alive. Today the aircraft collection includes four Harvards, a Tiger Moth, and a Yale. The collection is restored and maintained in two heated hangars at nearby Tillsonburg Airport.
Members gather each third Tuesday of the month at CHAA’s Operations building adjoining the hangar, for regular monthly meetings at 1930 hours; and October – March inclusive, on the third Saturday of the month at 1000 hours. New members are always welcome.
Each spring CHAA conducts a Harvard ground school for interested members and prospective pilots. The flying season offers a wealth of air shows and ceremonial appearances across North America. Members are encouraged to join in all facets of the operation, from airshow support, groundcrew, research, social events and back seat rides, to the present restoration of a Yale aircraft which served with the RCAF in the early 1940’s.
For qualified pilots, CHAA offers the opportunity to check out in our aircraft and to qualify in formation flying, based on RCAF standards. Our flight teams are noted throughout the airshow circuit for their graceful and polished formation demonstrations. A junior membership is also available to young people 16 and under. They are called the “Harvard Hawks”.